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Cornel West: A Critical Reader / Edition 1
     

Cornel West: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

by George Yancy, Cornel West
 

ISBN-10: 0631222928

ISBN-13: 9780631222927

Pub. Date: 08/30/2001

Publisher: Wiley

Cornel West: A Critical Reader is a political act; it is a book engaged in textual and existential combat, for it honors and recognizes the complexity, critical subjectivity, humanity, intellectual productivity, and fecundity of this prominent Black scholar.

This comprehensive text offers a systematic and thematic approach to West's philosophical work.

Overview

Cornel West: A Critical Reader is a political act; it is a book engaged in textual and existential combat, for it honors and recognizes the complexity, critical subjectivity, humanity, intellectual productivity, and fecundity of this prominent Black scholar.

This comprehensive text offers a systematic and thematic approach to West's philosophical work. It moves the reader through his distinctive form of prophetic pragmatism, his historicist and improvisational philosophy of religion, his socialist, democratic, and truncated Marxist political philosophy, and his reflections on a range of cultural issues.

Regardless of the critical lens through which West's work is approached, all of the contributors honor his work and bring interpretive insight to his writings. Contributors include such scholars as Hilary Putnam, James Cone, Iris Young, Lewis Gordon, Lucius Outlaw, Howard McGary, Charles Mills and John Pittman, among others.

This volume is a testament to West's astonishing intellectual depth, impact, versatility, and complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222927
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/30/2001
Series:
Blackwell Critical Reader Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsx
Notes on Contributorsxii
Cornel West: The Vanguard of Existential and Democratic Hope1
Part IPragmatism17
1Pragmatism Resurgent: A Reading of The American Evasion of Philosophy19
2The Unacknowledged Fourth Tradition: An Essay on Nihilism, Decadence, and the Black Intellectual Tradition in the Existential Pragmatic Thought of Cornel West38
3Cornel West on Prophesy, Pragmatism, and Philosophy: A Critical Evaluation of Prophetic Pragmatism59
4Which Pragmatism? Whose America?83
Part IIPhilosophy of Religion103
5"Let Suffering Speak:" The Vocation of a Black Intellectual105
6Religion and the Mirror of God: Historicism, Truth, and Religious Pluralism115
7Is Cornel West also Among the Theologians? The Shadow of the Divine in the Religious Thought of Cornel West139
8Cornel West's Improvisational Philosophy of Religion154
9Existential Aptness and Epistemological Correctness: Cornel West and the Identity of the "Lord"167
Part IIIPolitical Philosophy177
10Cornel West on Gender and Family: Some Admiring and Critical Comments179
11Prophetic Pragmatism as Political Philosophy192
12"Radical Historicism," Antiphilosophy, and Marxism224
13Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration245
14On Cornel West on W. E. B. Du Bois261
15The Political Philosophy and Humanism of Cornel West280
Part IVCultural Studies293
16"It's Dark and Hell Is Hot:" Cornel West, the Crisis of African-American Intellectuals and the Cultural Politics of Race295
17Reading Cornel West as a Humanistic Scholar: Rhetoric and Practice312
18Cornel West's Representations of the Intellectual: But Some of Us Are Brave?335
Afterword346
Select Bibliography of Cornel West's Works363
Index369

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